As one of the world’s largest fast-food chain, the American-based company has over 33,500 restaurants in the world. However, to serve over 1.2 billion people in India, McDonald's has just over 250 restaurants. In honor of local cultures and religion beliefs (Hindu and Muslim), McDonald's restaurants in India do not sell beef or pork.
McDonald's provides several types of menu items to cater to local tastes in India. For example, the fast-food restaurant serves a big burger made with chicken patties which is also called Maharaja Mac. The size of this burger is almost similar to Big Mac beef burger. Other popular menu items include McAloo Tikki, a vegetarian burger made with a combination of potato patty, red onions, tomatoes and local sauce.
The fast-food chain plans to open its first vegetarian restaurant in India in the mid-2013. According to AFP, McDonald's has picked the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India as the first pilot project. The location of this first vegetarian restaurant is expected to be near the Golden Temple in India.